On the afternoon of October 25, 2023, Sulphur Springs Police Department officers responded to a report of an active disturbance at the Asturias Apartments on Industrial Drive. The incident involved one individual allegedly pointing a firearm at another, prompting a rapid police response.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers took immediate control of the situation. Witnesses at the scene reported that the individual with the firearm, identified as Kendrick Willis Jr, had been accused of stealing items during a burglary of a habitation that occurred at the same apartment complex the day before.
Sulphur Springs Police Department investigators arrived at the location and obtained consent to search Willis's residence and vehicle for stolen property. During the search of the vehicle, investigators successfully located items belonging to the victim. To ensure the safety of the scene and further legal procedures, a Sulphur Springs Police Officer remained parked nearby.
While investigators were preparing an arrest warrant for Willis, an unexpected turn of events occurred. Willis approached the officer's vehicle parked down the street and requested to speak with the investigator regarding stolen property concealed inside his residence. Willis voluntarily retrieved the property and handed it over to the officer.
Following this development, the officer transported Willis to the Sulphur Springs Police Department, where he was read his rights and subsequently confessed to the crime committed. The victim was notified regarding the recovery of her property, although she still reported one pair of missing shoes. Willis admitted to the whereabouts of the final pair of shoes, which were concealed at his residence.
Kendrick OKeith Willis Jr, a resident of Sulphur Springs, was taken into custody and subsequently booked into Hopkins County Jail on the charge of Burglary of a Habitation (F2).